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Texts and Tunes: What to Do When You Dread Your Bed


If you've ever had a night where your child asks for water three times, calls out to you to check under the bed — and in the closet and outside the window — for creepy crawlies or simply scampers into your bedroom paralyzed by her fear of the dark, you may want to check out Dawn Huebner's What to Do When You Dread Your Bed, $16.

The book skips the more passive sleepy time approach we get from classics like Good Night Moon and delves right into cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat children's problems with sleep. It explores "fears, busy brains and restless bodies" with tips for teaching children (I presume those ages three and up) to fall asleep and stay in a sound slumber without fear of the Boogie Man. If you're looking for a quick late night fix check out MSN's preview of the book's tips.

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